Singh was also seen astride a motorcycle appealing to the bikers to wear helmets and ride safely to prevent accidents. Akshay Kumar, leading Bollywood star was seen spreading the awareness at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) from where the rally commenced. The Rally covered a distance of 20 kms in 50 minutes from BKC to Haji Ali and back.
The major reason for this rally was to draw attention to increased number of two wheeler riders who are killed in accidents due to not wearing helmets. In 2010, there were a total of 67 bikers killed in accidents, while this went up to 72 fatalities in 2011 and 77 in 2012. Till August this year, 49 bikers have been killed in road accidents and it is this ever increasing statistics that has cause for concern.
Akshay Kumar spread the message “If you value your life and your family, wear helmets and ride safe.” This year Woman’s Safety awareness was also introduced and the rally saw a host of eminent celebrities and others take a pledge to create enhanced safety for all women in Mumbai.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr Vivek Phansalkar (JT CP (Traffic) said “It’s really great to see that today youngsters like team RFS in putting up a great show for road safety and spreading awareness among fellow riders”.
Mr Brijesh Singh Thakur (Addl CP Traffic), Dr Pratap Dighavkar (DCP Traffic) was also present in the occasion and spoke about the road safety and other important issues related to road accidents.
Bollywood superstar and heartthrob Mr. Akshay Kumar gave his views regarding the importance of Riding Gear and Other important issues about Road Safety, According to Akshay, “The minute anyone feels the roar of an engine between their thighs they immediately become responsible for not only their lives, but the lives of every human being”.
Speaking further on the occasion he continued, “I know how good it feels to speed, to dodge traffic, to show off to your girlfriends, but I also know how horrendous it feels to watch a man die in front of me because he wasn’t safe. Being a stuntman is to give people thrills at the cinema, it’s not an excuse for youths to take danger into their own hands & abuse our public highways. The amount of safety that’s involved during a stunt is far more than our roads have ever experienced…
Don’t be the fool that falls for recklessness; no-one wants to become an accidental Murderer to an innocent life”.
Vijay Jain, MD of the Wheelieboy Adventures who is an award winning biker and the brain child behind the Ride for Safety bike rally said,” Riding should be passion and must be done for you and not to show the world”. Rightly so youth these days tend to often forget the disciplines of being a good rider.
The most important rule of riding is “wearing helmet” which is of utmost importance is often tend to be neglected.
According to Prashant Bharadwaj, Co-Founder of Iron Wheels Bullet Club “With changing times there should be change in the traffic and motor vehicle laws. License of the driver or rider should be immediately cancelled on being held for rash driving. “It is always a rider who is held responsible” agitates a young college student… Every sport and passion has its own charm and beauty; it is only when the beauty is misused is when one can see the disadvantage which is the other side of the coin. Such the passion of driving is mixed with drinking only leading to mishaps. Knowing to ride is not important but knowing the art of controlling your emotions, greed and speed while riding is what makes you a good biker. Pooja Shani, a RD 350 rider adds “Most of the times it is not the fault of the biker, there are pot holes and open man holes on the roads due to which accidents take place in the city. Even pedestrians are unaware of walking norms on the road which leads to accident and blame is always given to the driver.”